The Story

The unusual way that San Diego Unified elects and treats its school board members is under the microscope this year.


Those taking aim at the district’s elections system alternatively say it disenfranchises minorities and majorities, leads to instability and deters the best and the brightest from running.

What’s Happening

Lawsuits have been filed complaining how individual board members are elected. A local coalition has discussed adding four appointed board members. And one lawyer wants school board members to be treated like City Council members.

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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